Tampa Man Surrenders after 3-Hour Standoff
He initially said the police would have to kill him, according to the Tampa Police Department.
TAMPA – A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Tuesday (Sept 19) when a Tampa man surrendered to officers, the Tampa Police Department said.
Ronald L. Ellis, 36, was taken for observation after he surrendered. Neither Ellis nor any officers were injured.
The standoff began about 4:12 p.m. when Tampa police were called to W Wyoming Avenue in the East Interbay area for a report of a man threatening to harm himself and making threats of imminent violence. When police arrived, the man – later determined to be Ellis – refused to leave his residence and said police would have to kill him.
At one time during the standoff another man was in the residence, though officers said it was unclear whether he was endangered. The Tamps police tactical response team was called out and members stayed in constant communication with Ellis. At one point the other man was able toleave the residence.
Nearly three hours after the standoff began, Ellis requested a Newport cigarette. Police kept talking to him and provided a cigarette. About 7:10 p.m., Ellis walked out of the house and was taken into custody.
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